Archive for November, 2010

Check out this link from the Ottawa-Citizen. I completely agree that a national registry should be established for all Canadian homes that have been linked to being a grow-op or a drug lab.

Click here to read this new article:  http://www.ottawacitizen.com/business/Ottawa+Tory+bill+would+establish+registry+homes+used+grow+drug+labs/3879709/story.html


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The holiday season is fast approaching. It’s a time that is traditionally taken up with family gatherings, parties and general celebration, with all the flurry of activities that go with it. Real estate is often the furthest thing from the most people’s minds – but I’d like to tell you that if you’re one of the home buyers and sellers who think that way, you could be missing out! The holiday season can have definite advantages for both buyers and sellers. If you currently have your home listed for sale, you may find yourself caught up in the time demands of shopping and entertaining. You may be feeling that you don’t need the added stress of keeping your home in “show-ready” condition at a time of year when viewings may tend to slow down. In fact, some home sellers won’t accept viewing appointments during the holiday season. While that’s your choice, you should be aware that a decision like that could result in a missed opportunity. After all, in today’s ethnically diverse society, there are still many prospective buyers who may not be celebrating the holiday season, yet they still have time off to view properties. Also, with some homes not accepting viewing appointments, your listing may have less competition during the holiday period. Of course, if your home is decorated for the holidays, it probably looks at its most attractive. Holiday viewings have the advantage of showing off your home at its most welcoming, and prospective buyers can envision themselves in its warm and inviting atmosphere. So why not roll out the welcome mat to potential buyers too? The holiday season offers advantages for buyers as well. Fewer buyers actively looking during the holidays means there’s less competition from other buyers. It’s still an excellent time to go house hunting. As your local Coldwell Banker real estate professional, I can help bring you a home for the holidays!

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As a Real Estate Agent I tend to work most weekends. Those lucky people who work Monday to Friday only have the weekend to look at homes. Don’t get me wrong, I do like meeting and working with serious buyers and showing them the next place that they will live.

And Sundays are the best time to hold an open house. Even though I run them from 1 to 3 pm it takes a couple of hours before hand to get ready, load up the signs and get to the house 15 – 30 minutes before opening time to set up.

By the time I get home it pushing 4ish. I’m beat, it’s cold, perhaps rainy and soon it will be snowy. The sun has started to retreat, it’s a bit dreary and the day is dragging .

But Nancy has the back door opened as I trundle in, briefcase and files in hand. And then it hits me. Its the smell of home. Nancy has been a busy bee working all afternoon in the kitchen. The delicious smell of a beef roast in the oven hits my nose, the pot of boiling potatoes have steamed up my glasses and hey do I smell fresh baked bread and apple pie!

Every ounce of stress drains away.

Its Sunday afternoon in the kitchen and I’m home.

P.S. If you don’t have a kitchen like this please remember that I sell kitchens. But it’s up to you to make it a Sunday afternoon kitchen!

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